Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Originally released on May 16, 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring.
Concert stops include dates in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, and Portugal followed by a full U.S. tour later this summer and fall. Fans can expect a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with the Beach Boys and as a solo artist.
Ticket presales begin January 27 with the official onsale January 29 in most markets. Additional dates and special events to be announced. For up-to-date information, please visit www.BrianWilson.com.
In 1965, with the Beach Boys out on tour, Wilson began session work on some of the most deeply personal recordings of his career. Inspired by the Beatles album, Rubber Soul, he challenged himself to create an immaculate musical masterpiece. A vast departure from the bands' then commercial sound, the resulting "concept album" Pet Sounds achieved great critical success helping usher in a new musical landscape and hit the Top 10 in the US while topping the charts in the UK.
"It's really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago," says Wilson. "I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world."
Brian Wilson is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.
Wilson began his career as a teenaged founding member of the Beach Boys, who signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin' Safari, that same year. The band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes. Wilson's innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," and the No. 1 smash "Good Vibrations" made the Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.
Wilson has also achieved great solo success with 11of his own albums released to date, including his acclaimed 2004 completion of an album he first began recording in the '60s, Brian Wilson Presents... SMiLE. The album earned Wilson his first Grammy for a recording, which was followed by his second Grammy win for producing the Beach Boys' acclaimed 2011 release, The SMiLE Sessions. With his own band, Wilson has performed major, sold-out tours in recent years, and with The Beach Boys, he celebrated the iconic band's 50th anniversary in 2012 with a major international tour and acclaimed studio album, That's Why God Made The Radio.
In 2015, Wilson released his latest solo album No Pier Pressure and was the subject of the critically acclaimed, award-winning biopic Love & Mercy. Directed by Bill Pohlad, starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the music legend. Set against the era-defining catalog of the music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. The culmination of these projects produced Wilson's first Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for his song "One Kind Of Love" featured in the film.
Brian Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee. As a member of the Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Brian Wilson 2016 World Tour Schedule
March 26 - Civic Theatre - Auckland, Australia
March 28 - Bluesfest - Byron Bay, Australia
March 29 - Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia - SOLD OUT
March 31 - Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia
April 3 - Palais Theatre - Melbourne, Australia
April 5 - Adelaide Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, Australia
April 7 - Riverside Theatre - Perth, Australia
April 12 - Tokyo International Forum - Tokyo, Japan
April 13 - Tokyo International Forum - Tokyo, Japan
April 15 - Orix Theater - Osaka, Japan
April 30 - Levitation Festival - Austin, TX
May 15 - Collston Hall - Bristol, UK
May 17 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
May 18 - St. Davids Hall - Cardiff, UK
May 20 - Palladium - London, UK
May 21 - Palladium - London, UK
May 24 - 02 Apollo - Manchester, UK
May 26 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK
May 27 - Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, UK
May 29 - Sage Gateshead - Newcastle, UK
May 31 - Philharmonic Hall - Liverpool, UK
June 1 - Royal Concert Hall - Nottingham, UK
June 4 - Primavera Festival - Barcelona Spain
BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS PET SOUNDS 50th ANNIVERSARY U.S. TOUR:
June 14 - Flynn Center for the Perf. Arts - Burlington, VT - SOLD OUT
June 15 - Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME - SOLD OUT
June 17 - Symphony Hall w/Boston Pops Orch. - Boston, MA
June 18 - Symphony Hall w/Boston Pops Orch. - Boston, MA
June 19 - Tanglewood - Koussevitzky Music - Lenox, MA
July 1 - Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas, NV
July 9 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
July 15 - Horseshoe Casino - Elizabeth, IN
July 17 - Horseshoe Casino - Council Bluffs, IA
July 20 - Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kansas City, MO
July 21 - Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
July 22 - Horseshoe Casino - Tunica, MS
July 23 - Horseshoe Casino *(featuring Blondie Chaplin) - Bossier City, LA
September 13 - Mahaffey Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
September 14 - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, FL
September 17 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
September 19 - Blumenthal PAC - Charlotte, NC
September 20 - The Music Center at Strathmore - Washington, DC
September 21 - Count Basie Theatre - Red Bank, NJ
September 23 - Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA
September 25 - State Theatre - Easton, PA
September 27 - Toyota Presents at Oakdale - Wallingford, CT
September 28 - Univ. at Buffalo - Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
September 30 - Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI
October 2 - Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
October 4 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
October 7 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland OR
October 8 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
October 10 - Humboldt State Univ.- Van Duzer Theatre - Arcata, CA
October 13 - Masonic - San Francisco, CA
October 14 - Harrah's Casino - Lake Tahoe, CA
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